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Beer Lovers Rejoice! Oktoberfest Kicks Off in Munich

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Revelers celebrate the opening of the 181th Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, on Sept. 20, 2014. Matthias Schrader / AP

Beer drinkers gathered Saturday to celebrate the opening of the 181st Oktoberfest in Munich. Tourist officials said the average beer price had risen just under three percent compared to 2013. A one-liter stein of Bavarian ale costs up to $13.70 in the enormous marquees where the revelers drink to the tune of oompah music. An estimated six million people from around the globe visit the festival every year. A funfair amuses children while the adults drink.

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A waitress shows off her impressive beer-handling skills at the official opening of the 181st Oktoberfest in Munich on Sept. 20. The world's largest beer festival will run until Oct. 5. Andreas Gebert / EPA